“Speech Sounds” is a 1983 science fiction short story by Octavia E. Butler, and was the winner of a 1984 Hugo Award. It is about a plague that wipes out humankind’s ability to speak, and one woman’s adventure as she tries to get from Los Angeles to Pasadena without being killed. Read More
The Old One By PA Douglas is the literary equivalent of a chainsaw revving up halfway through a solemn open mic night of Lovecraft reading, before breaking into a slam poetry version of ‘The Fungi from Yuggoth’
Like Oceans of Liquid Skin by ES Wynn is a horror/scifi choose-you-own-adventure book, about a mutagenic weapons expert, stuck in a planet with an army of John Carpenter’s The Thing’s older, meaner, hungrier brothers.
All but mindless…
Doctor Taldas is a mutagenic weaponry expert in the employ of the Grey Society, a secret conglomerate of scientists and weapons manufacturers that have their hands in almost every pie in the stairways. After being called to Orcus Delta to investigate a case of what is described as a ‘possible xenological epidemic’ he realizes that Hell is a very real place, somewhere in the western spiral arm of the Galaxy.
Misbegotten (the Runaway Nun) by Caesar Voghan is an off-the-wall little episodic novelette set on an Earth ruined by asteroid impacts, roamed by armed attack-monks and Jean D’Arc cyborgs. A perfect fit for this Loathsome Summer.
Playing With Fire by Third FlatIron publishing is a pretty cool anthology about the dangers of dealing with forces beyond your control. It is particularly depressing, disruptive and in some cases, distressing. Welcome to this Loathsome Summer.
Chicken Feet by Lauren C. Teffeau is my next stop in what I’d like to call my ‘Loathsome Summer’ series. Because I’m broke and I can’t afford going on vacation and I’m stuck in Athens, I’ll be unloading depressing (yet meaningful) stories for your depression and entertainment!
Live-Tweeting the Apocalypse by Ian Creasey is strangely not a story about the end of the world. It’s instead a story about the tiny tragedies of the apocalypse, about the whimpers that go unheard for the massive BANG.
This is the Way The World Ends by James Morrow is a glorious example of properly-narrated, depressing as all hell post apocalyptic science fiction and, in my opinion, one of the best examples of fictional representations of the nuclear holocaust.